Diversity

Overview

Diversity at Wendel Rosen  
Wendel Rosen supports a culture of diversity and is committed to the development of all attorneys and employees of the firm. The firm's diversity policy requires all employees to respect differences, be they of age, race, nationality, ethnic group, sexual orientation, physical ability, health status, religion, educational-experience, marital or parental status.

The firm recognizes that the diversity of our work force is a resource, allowing us to tap a broad range of backgrounds, skills, knowledge and experience. The firm is committed to developing and using the diverse talents and energies of all its employees and to recruiting people who reflect the diversity of the United States and the greater Bay Area.

Firm management and administration encourage partners and associates to participate in leadership opportunities in a variety of business and community organizations whose purpose is to enhance the resources available to some of the region's more disenfranchised communities. At the same time, involvement in these organizations helps to develop the leadership skills, networks and resources of our attorneys. The firm is committed to being a good neighbor and a good corporate citizen.

Much of the firm's community involvement is focused on organizations that promote the success of diverse groups of individuals within legal, business and geographic communities. Attorneys are encouraged to take leadership positions within organizations for which they have a passion and that encourage the development of a successful and diverse society. Firm attorneys hold or have held the following leadership positions within these diverse organizations:

  • Access to Justice, Laney College Legal Court Interpretation Program, Advisory Board
  • Alameda County Bar Association - East Bay Diversity Bar Coalition
  • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
  • Donald P. McCullum Youth Court
  • Korean American Bar Association of Northern California
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Program/California Minority Counsel Program
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association


In addition to the above organizations, attorneys are active members and/or serve in leadership positions in the following organizations:

  • Alameda County Superior Court Committee on Elder Access to the Courts
  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom 
  • California Women Lawyers
  • East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association
  • East Bay Leadership Foundation
  • Friends and Family of Veterans
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Alameda County
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Contra Costa County
  • Korean-American Society of Entrepreneurs
  • Legal Assistance for Seniors
  • Legal Services for Children, SF
  • Marcus Foster Education Fund
  • McClymonds High School Merit Scholar Award Committee
  • Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce
  • Robert A. Toigo Foundation
  • Women Lawyers of Alameda County
  • Women’s Initiative

 

Access to Justice
"Lack of comprehension is perhaps the greatest single barrier to justice," State Bar of California, California Commission on Access to Justice.

In 2006, the Alameda County Superior Court, through Judge Gordon Baranco, approached Laney College to consider a training program for language court interpreters. In 2007, spearheaded by Asian American Bar Association (“AABA”) member, Thuy Nguyen, General Counsel at Peralta Community College, Laney College rolled up its sleeves and began the work to make the program a reality.   Wendel Rosen partner, Christine K. Noma, who is a former AABA Board member, has served on the Advisory Board for the program since its inception 2007. The program currently is offered in Spanish language interpreting, and Laney is hoping to expand into Cantonese in the near future.  

CMCP Conference
Wendel Rosen has had a long history of supporting the California Minority Counsel Program's (CMCP), including as the Title Sponsor of the 19th Annual Business Conference. CMCP is a coalition of California-based corporations, minority-owned and majority-owned law firms and county bar associations working together to provide attorneys of color equal opportunities to compete for corporate legal work and to advance the careers of minority lawyers at corporations and public agencies. In 2014, CMCP inducted Wendel Rosen partner Christine Noma in its inaugural Diversity Leader Hall of Fame for her sustained contributions to the organization and to diversity in the legal profession.

The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Diversity Task Force Initiative
Wendel Rosen is a signatory for this initiative, which has adopted a set of goals and timetables to advance racial and ethnic minorities in the San Francisco Bay Area legal community work force.

Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program
Wendel Rosen has made a commitment over the years to the Bay Area Minority Summer Clerkship Program.  The program is a joint project of the Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA), the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), the Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA) and the Contra Costa Bar Association (CCCBA).  Given the historic under-representation of minority lawyers in large law firms, the program seeks to provide a means for exposing minority law students to large law firms and vice versa.  Wendel Rosen attorneys were among the original organizers of the program, when the program first expanded to include firms in Alameda County in 1993.  We continue to participate to this day.

Elder Abuse/Predatory Lending
Christine K. Noma has dedicated hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services over the years to assist Oakland African American and Latino seniors who have been the victims of predatory lending practices and has been successful in preventing these seniors from losing their homes in foreclosure.  She has also testified before the California State Senate Legislative Committee on this issue, which later led to the enactment of legislation requiring credit counseling before senior citizens mortgaged their homes for home improvements.  Wendel Rosen has also assisted the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in prosecuting such unscrupulous lenders.